INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a story from an odd but true circumstance, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Thursday that Sebastien Saavedra will race for Mikhail Aleshin this weekend on the streets of Toronto. No, Aleshin isn’t stuck in customs overseas like that happened to him prior to Road America, this time it’s puzzling.
SPM said that Saavedra is bringing funding and that Aleshin will actually be on site too watching this.
“We welcome the opportunity to compete with Ric (Peterson) and Sam (Schmidt) at a venue where Seb (Saavedra) and I have had great success in the past,” Gary Peterson said in a statement.”
Saveedra, has made 62 Verizon IndyCar Series starts, including finishing 15th in May’s Indianapolis 500 with Juncos Racing. Aleshin, has raced the No. 7 Honda in all 11 races this season and made his return to the team last year after being injured in the season finale at Fontana in 2014. He missed 2015 due to funding but returned in 2016.
Now, it appears that he’s out for the foreseeable future and neither side is commenting on why. The Russian has three top 10’s this season, but crashed and finished last at Iowa last weekend.
Saavedra last raced at Toronto in 2015 with Chip Ganassi Racing, he finished 16th.